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As tradition, the Purple Poo leave signs up for students to take after 8 a.m. This was a Poo sign hanging on a tree in Heritage Park before 8 a.m. on Feb. 26 showing how unhappy the Purple Poo were about people not respecting traditions.

As tradition, the Purple Poo leave signs up for students to take after 8 a.m. This was a Poo sign hanging on a tree in Heritage Park before 8 a.m. on Feb. 26 showing how unhappy the Purple Poo were about people not respecting traditions.

Photo courtesy of Emily Miller

As tradition, the Purple Poo leave signs up for students to take after 8 a.m. This was a Poo sign hanging on a tree in Heritage Park before 8 a.m. on Feb. 26 showing how unhappy the Purple Poo were about people not respecting traditions.

Photo courtesy of Emily Miller

Photo courtesy of Emily Miller

As tradition, the Purple Poo leave signs up for students to take after 8 a.m. This was a Poo sign hanging on a tree in Heritage Park before 8 a.m. on Feb. 26 showing how unhappy the Purple Poo were about people not respecting traditions.

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Tarleton State University is built around its traditions. From when you first step on campus grounds until you leave, we are reminded daily to uphold all traditions to keep them alive. Being a senior at Tarleton, I have had ample time to learn most if not all the traditions Tarleton has to offer. When I first came to Tarleton as a freshman in 2015, I thought things like not walking on the grass was silly and quite frankly the Purple Poo scared me. Over time I learned exactly the weight of each tradition holds and how important it is to the community of Tarleton. There is a reason Tarleton is known as the “best-kept secret in Texas” because there is so much to offer to a wide demographic of students. If you went and asked students about their favorite traditions, many would say things like homecoming, purple thursday, duck camp, purple poo, etc. So many students really care about this university and understand how important it is to respect all traditions, but there seems to be a lack of knowledge and respect recently. Recently when going to Heritage Park on the infamous Tuesday morning to get a poo sign, I noticed all the poo signs said something along the lines of “Tradition is who we are” with hashtags like “#Respect Tradition”, or “#It’s NOT about who’s behind the mask.” It was disappointing that even after every sign talking about respecting tradition people were stealing them well before 8 a.m. This message immediately made my friends and I think that the poo might go on strike again. From someone who used to be scared by the poo, they have become one of my favorite Traditions at Tarleton. For those who don’t know the poo evolved from the original Ten Tarleton Peppers (TTP) and Ten Tarleton Sisters (TTS) secret organization. They purposely conceal their identity completely when dressed as the poo to primarily focus on raising school spirit. Within the past three years I have been at Tarleton, there have been multiple occasions where people have tried to unmask poo, guess who they are to their faces, try to steal signs and overall disrespect them. Various events lead the poo to go on strike and not attend events like they usually do. When the poo aren’t at events, you can just tell something is missing and I can’t imagine getting chosen to be a poo and not getting to take part in what the poo has to offer because students aren’t respecting tradition. I can guarantee that I am not the only student that doesn’t want the poo to go on strike, especially as a senior. So please remember to respect the traditions as well as the Purple Poo. Don’t take the signs from Heritage Park before 8 a.m., inform yourself of all Tarleton traditions and respect them equally, don’t steal signs, don’t focus on who is behind the mask, don’t walk on the grass, wear purple on Thursdays and remember to show school spirit. College goes by so fast, jump all in and most importantly remember to respect tradition.

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6 Responses to “#KeepTraditionAlive”

  1. Leanna Stafford on February 27th, 2019 6:14 PM

    As alumni the fact that some people aren’t respecting Tarleton traditions makes me so sad. If you don’t have respect for the traditions this college has then Tarleton isn’t for you.

  2. Lance Meinzer on February 27th, 2019 8:31 PM

    Appreciation extended…. Very Well Written

  3. Mike Bagwell on February 27th, 2019 9:49 PM

    As a Poo alumni, it was always a sense of pride that folks wanted our signs, after all we made some good ones and we got to read every one of them made during our meetings. Give others the chance to read every one of the signs, after all, the Poo are great poets!

    As for trying to unmask the Poo, not cool. Not to incite violence, but someone trying to unmask myself, a brother or a sister, usually got punched. It’s all in fun, don’t hate!

    Finally, involvement at college, I agree with Emily, Jump ALL IN! Once I got involved, I started having more fun. When I was chosen as a poo, then life got really interesting! But the Poo are not the only fun opportunities that are part of the Tarleton experience. Take advantage of every opportunity you can!

    At 44, my time at Tarleton are still some of my favorite moments. Ranking right up with the birth of my children, expierences at Tarleton are some of the most important of my life. Make everyday there count! It’s not just about the grades, or about getting through college so you can go get a job like the rest of us, it’s about living!

    Live well Texans! My favorite color is Purple! I bleed it!

    Hey Oscar P!

  4. Mary on February 27th, 2019 11:20 PM

    In the late 80s we never took the signs down .. we elect them for everyone to enjoy. When did the 8am rule start ?

  5. Douglas Bryan on February 28th, 2019 11:25 AM

    As an Alumn of Tarleton, privileged to live with Poo presidents and members going and coming, one of the First Group of Revived Plowboys in the 80’s, my sincere advice to those that would attempt to unmask or reveal identities of present day Poo you my fellow Tarleton brother or sister will find that you will end up loosing at your quest and reap the rewards that some before you can tell you what happens when you do this to the society of Poo.
    As for one on the outside looking in at the Poo traditions l never did find another group involved at Tarleton so committed to The Spirit of Tarleton, or the Traditions of Tarleton. My fellow defender of The Purple and White the notoriety that you seek is not what you believe to imagine it will be.
    All of us Alums WILL DEFEND THE PURPLE AND WHITE! ON YE TARLETON!

    PS and l know Tarleton is one of the “Best Kept Secrets in Texas” because people ask What is the Purple Poo? My answer “lt can’t be explained You have to Experience IT!

    “OSCAR “P”!!!!!!

  6. Tonya on February 28th, 2019 12:27 PM

    I think the traditions are suffering as part of Tarelton’s push to add more and more students each year. It is easier to have traditions when you feel that you are part of a special school and not just an anonymous number. The lack of parking, freshmen sleeping in dorm living rooms or hotels, etc Students can’t even reach crucial staff when they have an important problem because staff never seem to be there (but you can email them!) Something is lost when you are just part of the crowd of another university turning a profit.

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